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A PROPOSAL TO EXPLORE AND DEVELOP ALTERNATIVE MODALITIES FOR PROVIDING DNA TRAINING FOR THE NATION'S PROSECUTORS

Award Information

Award #
2004-DN-BX-K017
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2004
Total funding (to date)
$1,300,000

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2004, $400,000)

The goal of APRI's DNA Forensics Program is to increase the number of prosecutors that receive essential information relating to prosecutorial issues surrounding forensic DNA evidence. To achieve this goal over the next one-year grant period, APRI will work closely with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and an expert Advisory Group to creating two compact discs with read only memory (CD-ROMs). Both CD-ROMS will complement the DNA Program's live interactive class, DNA: Witness to the Truth, the first will be used for "before-class" preparation and the second will be for "follow-up" learning. Each will provide a user much of the general knowledge all prosecutors need - Discovery and Ethics, Proper Closing Arguments, Rehabilitation, Case Assessment, etc. Importantly, the proposed CD-ROMs also will complement other forensic DNA evidence resources being developed by NIJ, e.g., the "Officers of the Court" CD-ROM, which provides a foundational understanding of the science, technology, statistics, and other non-advocacy topics.

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APRI's goal is to promote and enhance prosecutors' understanding of DNA-related evidence and the skills to apply this knowledge in prosecuting DNA-related criminal cases. To achieve this goal, APRI proposes to adopt a blended learning approach that builds on and extends the CD-ROM and web-based instructional materials we are already producing for NIJ under the President's DNA Initiative. Specifically, APRI proposes to accomplish the following objectives over the next 12-month funding cycle: Objective 1: To develop and deliver an instructional package to accompany the CD-ROM and web-based materials; Objective 2: To create a series of training modules suitable for broadcast; and Objective 3: To continually update APRI's web-based instructional material.

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This primary objective for this award is to promote and enhance prosecutors' understanding of DNA-related evidence and provide them with the skills to apply this knowledge in prosecuting DNA-related criminal cases. Specific objectives are to:
- Create two Special Topic Area curriculum training modules to expand APRI's "Course in a Box," currently
under development through NIJ funding;
- Create three broadcast-ready training modules suitable for broadcast and rendering to DVD format; and
- Continually update APRI's web-based instructional material, DNA: A Prosecutor's Practice Notebook.

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Date Created: September 20, 2004